G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Very Small Waves; Cold and Rainy

The last couple days have seen a damp low pressure event roll through our area, delivering unseasonably cool temps with some overcast and light rain. There isn't enough juice in any of the two swells that are in the water (NW wind swell and south swell) to produce much to shout about in the wave category. This morning's cams show a drained out tide with plenty of exposed reef and some pitiful lappers rolling on and off the sea grasses and kelp covered rocks.

With the low pressure trough and rain, air temps have come up a bit, and with the cessation of the howling north-westerly winds ocean temps have come up out of the minus 50 degree range and are sitting between 51 and 53 degrees.

There is a small low pressure cyclone spinning out in the Pacific south of the Gulf (circled in yellow) that may deliver some waves of consequence late this week and/or early next. Got it marked on my pop-up calendar but not holding my breath given the current state of things.

So good to have the SUP in my quiver. When the waves are small SUPing is a most enjoyable substitute for surfing can always get a wave or two on a SUP no matter what the size.

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